Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Book Review: HANGING BY A HAIR by Nancy J. Cohen

Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Length: 287 Pages

About The Book:
Hairstylist Marla Vail and her detective husband Dalton are delighted by every aspect of their new home, until their next-door neighbor illegally erects a fence on their mutual property line. Marla's hopes for making friends are ruined by a resultant argument between Dalton and the man, who happens to be the homeowners' association president. Things grow worse when their neighbor is found dead in his home the next day.

Despite a suicide note, Dalton suspects foul play, but he's removed from the case due to a conflict of interest. At her husband's suggestion, Marla works to know her neighbors better. One of them might have had a reason to want their president dead. Is it another board member? Or a local woman he'd spurned? Perhaps the guy's nephew wants his inheritance? And what about the protesters who disrupt the community garage sale? As Marla learns more about the guy next door, she discovers ugly truths that a murderer wants to keep hidden. Can a sharp-witted salon owner untangle the web of secrets before the killer strikes again?

With a cast of eccentric characters, a sassy hairdresser sleuth married to a sexy detective, South Florida scenery, and a suspenseful story mixed with humor, Hanging by a Hair is a fun, fast-paced mystery that will make you observe your neighbors more closely.

Lynda's Review:
This is the first book I've read in this series, and I should have discovered it sooner! Fun mystery with lots of clues, unexplained events, and obvious villain and ending. WAIT A MINUTE...I chose the wrong villain and didn't guess the ending correctly...NEED I SAY MORE? Well written story with characters that add to the plot and who are just fun to watch. Author Nancy J. Cohen is a skilled writer with a talent for mystery and humor.

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